Skyrim is 5th series of the epic saga known as The Elder Scrolls. Famous for the first person shooter and open-world view, Skyrim continues the Role Playing genre retaining all the favorite aspects of Morrowind and Oblivion while introducing a bunch of new features.
New classes, new guilds, new civilizations, new state-of-the-art graphics and...
wait for it...
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Skyrim in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Skyrim. Other versions may require additional steps.
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Mint 14 32-bit
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.8
Click the arrow pointing to the right
PlayOnLinux will automatically download it and save it in this directory:
Note: username is where you put your login name
Its a good idea to backup this directory to another computer because you won't have to keep downloading wine versions when you need them.
Wine 1.7.8 is installed and you can close this window
Click "Install a non-listed program"
Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Name your virtual drive: skyrim
Select all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 1.7.8
Note: If you are running a 64-bit system, PlayOnLinux will prompt if you want to use a 64-bit or 32-bit virtual drive.
Always select 32-bit virtual drive.
Windows Version: Windows 7
Check "Automatically cpature the mouse in full-screen windows"
Check "Emulate a virtual desktop"
Desktop Size: 1024x768
Installing Libraries (packages or components)
Check all of the libraries below:
Installing Steam from DVD
Select "CD-ROM : SKYRIM_EN"
Click "Install The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim"
Check "I accept the terms..."
Steam License Agreement
Click "I accept the license..."
When steam login appears you will find there is no text displayed.
Click the "X" and close Steam!
We will fix this in a later step
You might also find that PlayOnLinux crashed during the Steam installation
Click Next to continue
Name your Shortcut: Skyrim Steam
Note: If you have other Steam shortcuts this will eliminate conflicts with other shortcuts
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
In PlayOnLinux click Configure
Select Skyrim Steam virtual drive
Wine version: 1.7.8 (ignore the wine version in the screnshot)
Note: -no-dwrite fixes the text/font problem with Steam client
Direct Draw Renderer: opengl
Video memory size: Amount of memory on your video card
Offscreen rendering mode: fbo
Installing Skyrim from DVD
Note: If you want to download Skyrim from the internet through Steam, skip this step
(of course, the DVD installation is much quicker)
Click "Open a shell"
Navigate to the DVD with the shell
Note: username is where you put your Linux login
Note: Your media might be mounted in a different place depending on your version of Linux. Mint mounts DVD drives in /media/username
then press Enter to view the DVD contentsCode:ls
Launch Skyrim Setup.exe
Click "Install The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Accept License agreement again
Steam will automatically launch with text
Click Login to an existing account
Some games will not work with Steam Overlay
Click Steam Menu
Select "In-Game" on the left
Uncheck "Enable Steam Community In-Game"
Skyrim installer will automatically launch
Enter Product Code
Should take about 12 minutes
Steam library should automatically appear.
If not, right click the Steam icon in the systems tray and select "Library"
Should be quick because there aren't a whole lot of updates to apply
Continue from Steam Download
If you skipped the DVD install and downloaded Skyrim through Steam, Continue here
My GeForce 550 Ti was set for Ultra High Quality
Graphics Adapter: your video card model
- Widescreen 16:10
- Widescreen 16:9
- Fullscreen 4:3
Antialiasing:Smooths out edges, higher setting lower frame rates
- Higher settings = more detail lower frame rates
- Lower settings = less detail higher frame rates
Anisotropic Filtering: higher setting lower frame rates
Presets: Automatically configure your graphical settings with Low, Medium, High or Ultra
Advanced: Gives you more control over how distant objects appear and their quality
Note: Play with these settings to for smoother movement and quality. Start and slowly increase.
Skyrim ran beautifully on my system. Wine 1.7.8 does a great job and I didn't have too many issues.
Tree animation was not smooth and the shadows moved irregularly. Also my character can not see underwater. Keep checking back as I will investigate how to fix these two issues.